Toledo 85, Coppin State 66

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Toledo continues to be one of the surprise teams in the nation, moving to 12-0 with an 85-66 victory over Coppin State on Saturday at Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio.

Entering the weekend, the Rockets were one of nine teams in the country that were undefeated. This is Toledo's best start since its 1966-67 team was 14-0.

The Rockets' victory over Coppin State (4-8), which lost for the fourth straight game, matched their 12-0 start in 1940-41 for the program's second-best beginning.

Toledo was led by senior guard Rian Pearson's 22 points and junior guard Julius Brown added 18. Pearson scored nine of the Rockets' first 12 points on 3-for-3 shooting.

Senior guard Andre Armstrong led Coppin State with 15 points and junior forward Arnold Fripp added 11.

Toledo never trailed.

The Rockets opened a 44-24 lead by halftime, ending the half on an 18-4 run. The closest Coppin State ever came was 3-2, on a basket by junior guard Taariq Cephas with 17:47 left in the half.

With 4:59 left in the game, the Eagles did pull to within 71-58 on a basket by junior guard Daquan Brickhouse. Toledo closed strong, however, outscoring the Eagles, 14-8, down the stretch.

The Rockets will see if they are for real with a visit to No. 16 Kansas on Monday.

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